Former Jamaica Scorpions skipper, the recently retired Nikita Miller, believes the Scorpions’ woes in the West Indies Championship stem from poor club seasons. 

The Jamaica Cricket Association celebrated Nikita Miller on his 100th first-class game prior to the start of the Jamaica Scorpions and Barbados Pride match that commenced at Sabina Park on Thursday.

The winless Jamaica Scorpions have made three changes to their squad that departed the island on Monday for Grenada where they play the Windward Island Volcanoes starting January 17 in the next round of the West Indies Championships.

Yannic Cariah scored a solid half-century and Anderson Phillips took three-wicket to put TT Red Force in command on Friday, the second day of their West Indies Championship match against the Jamaica Scorpions at Sabina Park.

The Barbados Pride rebounded from their first-round loss in the West Indies Championship against the Jamaica Scorpions, courtesy of some very average batting on the third day at the 3Ws Oval in the country.

The Pride ended 41-run winners though they were staring down the barrell of defeat, as their opponents were chasing just 106 with more than a day to get there.

Batting first, the Pride were skittled out for 165, before the Scorpions hit back with 248, a lead of 83. Again, the Pride failed to make a big impression with the bat, going all out for 187, leaving the Scorpions with what looked like the simple task of getting to 107 for victory.

It was not to be as Miguel Cummins, 4-19, and spinner, Jomel Warrican, 4-27, ripped through the Scorpions’ batting line up to leave the question of who would be the winner of this game with an undeniable answer.

Keon Harding, with figures of 1-12 from his two overs was the other bowler to grab a wicket, while there was the run out of Jermaine Levy, who had only faced a ball.

For the Scorpions, John Campbell with 19, and Andre McCarthy with 14, were the only batsmen to get into double figures, as the side was done in for just 65.

In the first innings for Barbados, Jonathan Carter’s patient 51 from 116 balls gave the Pride a fighting chance at 167 all out.

That chance would seem to have slipped out of their hands by the Scorpions first at bat, as the vistors, through Campbell, 78 and skipper Paul Pamer, whose 67, helped take the visitors to 248.

Nikita Miller was the best of the bowlers in that first innings  for the Scorpions, ending with figures of 4-53.

Derval Green was also dominant, bagging 3-10 in 5.1 overs. Dennis Bulli ended with figures of 2-50, while Jermaine Levy had 1-27 from 12.2 overs.

While the lead was 83, Warrican was brilliant against the Scorpions in their first innings, his 8-89 from 34.4 overs, making the visitors really toil for their runs.

But Miller would hit back, grabbing 6-76 from 37 overs to relegated the Pride to underdogs with an innings to go. Bulli had 3-41 from 12.4 overs, while Levy ended with figures of 1-19 from 10.

All out for 187, there should have been no doubting the outcome of this game, but nobody told Cummins or Warrican that, the two getting rid of what has proven in the last two or three years, to be a fickle top order.

Cummins removed Campbell for 19, the opener looking in a rush to get the game over with, while Warrican proved the undoing of a more patient Walton for nine.

McCarthy was Cummins’ next victim, while Harding removed Jermaine Blackwood for six to get in amongst the excitement of the spin-pace combination that was proving exceptionally successful.

Then it was all Warrican and Cummins, the Scorpions capitulating in just 18 overs of cricket.

Jomel Warrican took eight wickets Friday as the Barbados Pride fought back against the Jamaica Scorpions in the Windies Championship match at the 3W’s Oval on Friday.

Leon Johnson led from the front with a composed, maiden List “A” hundred, but Guyana Jaguars required frantic, last-over heroics from Veerasammy Permaul to inch to a one-wicket victory over Jamaica Scorpions to qualify for the Grand Final of the 2018-19 Super50 Cup on Thursday.

Team harmony will be important when the Jamaica Scorpions take on the Guyana Jaguars in the semi-finals of the Regional Super50 at Kensington in Barbados on Thursday.

Jamaica Scorpions batsman, John Campbell, scored a classy half century on his way to helping his side complete a dominant win over USA Cricket in their Cricket West Indies Regional Super50 Festival game at Kensington Oval in Barbados on Monday. 

Chris Gayle enjoyed a brilliant Cricket West Indies Regional Super50 swansong for the Jamaica Scorpions, leading the team to a 33-run victory over the Barbados Pride at Kensington Oval. 

Half centuries from Andre McCarthy and Windies all-rounder, Rovman Powell, helped the Jamaica Scorpions to an easy enough seven-wicket victory over the Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners in their first outing in the Cricket West Indies Regional Super50 Festival. 

Chris Gayle and Rovman Powell have been named to a Jamaica Scorpion 14-match squad to contest the Regional Super 50 tournament set to begin next month.

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